Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities
Greater Washington County Food Bank has numerous corporate sponsorship opportunities for larger donors to make a significant impact. Corporate sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $50,000, but individualized projects can be examined.
Newsletter and Communications Sponsorship ($1,500) - A quarterly newsletter is distributed to clients and supporters across Washington County. In each issue, the Food Bank highlights a community sponsor on the front page with a 2"x8" advertisement. The newsletter sponsorship is available once per quarter, and is made available in print as well as digital copy on gwcfb.org. Sponsorship enables GWCFB to pay for all printing costs, mailing costs, postage, and includes ad space plus being listed within the Newsletter as a loyal donor/supporter.
Kid's Camp Sponsorship ($1,500) - Kid's Camp, hosted by the Healthy Habits Training Center, is a fun, educational, 3-day summer camp for children going into 2nd and 3rd grade. The 2020 Kid's Camp will run from July 30th - August 1st. During their day with us, the kids will be gardening, cooking, crafting, playing old fashion games outside – weather permitting – and doing fun activities promoting STEM learning! Our facility can offer all these activities on-site. Every day will start with registration at 9AM and conclude at 12PM. Sponsorship of this educational and outdoor youth camp will include name recognition on all marketing outlets, enable Healthy Habits to purchase new equipment and activities to engage the children, and allow for take-home gifts that allow children to further explore activities conducted during the Camp.
Farm Management Technology Sponsorship ($1,800) - A Farm management Technology Sponsor would cover the cost of 2 mobile tablets, accessories (including heavy duty cases for protection when in use on the farm), & farm management software. This will allow multiple members of The Farm to accurately track farm management data in real time, including production & yield data, inventory, and volunteer management. The prompt recording and analysis of this data will inform management decisions, support research efforts, and aid in training students in high-tech farm management.
Perennial Fruit and Vegetable Field Establishment Sponsorship ($4,000) - This covers the costs to plant a half-acre perennial field with a mix of asparagus, black raspberry, table grapes, strawberry, and garlic crops. This includes the start-up costs of seed crops, irrigation equipment, and trellising infrastructure. This field will allow us to establish a good variety of crops to harvest for our food bank clients and local customers, as well as allowing us to demonstrate best practices for perennial crop management to our students. The establishment of perennial crops is a great investment into our soil and our program, as the plants will go on to produce anywhere from 3 years(strawberries) to 30 years(grapes) and thus we will not incur the labor and financial costs of replanting year after year. Perennial crop management also protects our soil by reducing annual tillage since the crops remain in the soil year after year. Many of these perennial crops listed are currently not widely grown in our area, providing for expanded educational and marketing opportunities for The Farm program.
Atrium Sponsorship ($5,000) - Greater Washington County Food Bank recently added a new atrium entrance at the front of the compound. This entrance is the primary entry point for all donors and volunteers for the Food Bank, Healthy Habits Training Center, and The Farm. The Atrium and secure check-in are already in place, but plans for a more inviting entrance for those visiting the compound is currently underway. Sponsorship includes ad space visible to the exterior of the atrium, recognition on the interior, as well as opportunity for related decor to be included within the space.
Solar Ground Array Sponsorship ($5,000 - $170,000) - In its efforts to achieve both financial and environmental sustainability, GWCFB is constructing a 236 kW solar ground array which will completely offset its current energy usage. Once completed, this array will have an environmental impact that is equivalent to planting 7,500 trees each year or removing 35 cars from the road annually. Additionally, the solar array will remove the burden of GWCFB’s nearly $25,000 annual electric bill, allowing more funds to go towards programming. $200,000 in funding has already been secured through the NAP Tax Credit Program, with contributions from UPMC Health Plan, Northwest Bank, and Washington Financial Bank, in addition to funding through the John Thompson Memorial Fund. This funding will allow GWCFB to complete half of the solar array in Phase 1, and any additional funding will allow us to install more solar arrays and bring us closer to completing the entire 236 kW array. Any contribution between $5,000 - $170,000 would assist in completing the solar array project. $5,000 would cover the cost of an individual solar array, and $170,000 is the total needed to finish the entire project.
Water Wheel Transplanter Sponsorship ($3,000) - The purchase of a Water Wheel Transplanter for more efficient, consistent planting of new produce transplants in the fields. The Water Wheel Transplanter automatically creates consistent, evenly watered holes to plant each transplant in. It will allow us to plant the same number of transplants in less than half the time compared to traditional methods. This equipment also protects the health of our workers and volunteers by eliminating the constant bending and kneeling required through traditional planting methods. This investment will also allow us to accomplish our goal of educating students and farmers in the best practices for vegetable production by using the latest in produce equipment technology.
High Tunnel Sponsorship ($30,000) - 30’X96’ Gothic High Tunnel & ventilation equipment. Will allow The Farm to utilize & train volunteers in vegetable production best practices & significantly extend its growing season. High tunnel is large enough to practice crop rotation, experiment with multiple crops, and utilize labor efficient equipment inside the high tunnel.